A movie adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man has been simmering for years, but unlike a lot of other more-than-half-a-decade long stints in pre-production purgatory, it's one where we actually get interested instead of exhausted when we hear that the studio is still pushing people at the project. This is because while Y: The Last Man is the story of the last man on earth after a mysterious and instantaneous plague wipes out every male mammal on the planet except for him and his helper monkey in training, that necessarily means that it'll be a movie with an enormous cast of female characters of all sorts. Almost a year ago, New Line found a new set of screenwriters to take on the task of condensing the sixty issues of the comic into one movie, and the studio has just announced that they've chosen a director. It's an unexpected pick, but one that I'm interested in seeing play out.
It's a pretty widely-held belief that video games just don't make good movies. Though that may be true, they can make amazing live action shorts as evidenced above. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring Danielle Rayne as Chell, "Portal: No Escape" has a short, tight story, crazy special effects by Jon Chesson and a booming, killer sound track. Now, before you get too excited, let me warn you that the first couple of minutes are slow, but stick with it and think about how you'd feel stuck in that cell forever. Also, there are guards for some reason, but it's okay because the short, as a whole, is awesome and otherwise faithful to the feel of the universe.
All of you aspiring video game movie directors, take note. This is how your film is supposed to turn out: Respectful to the source material, well-made, and full-out crazy-awesome.
(via Super Punch)